Gerald Michael Cavagnaro was born February 16, 1961 in Encino California. The son of Joseph and Frances Cavagnaro, Gary is the youngest of their three sons (brothers Joe Jr. and Richard). Gary attended Highland Park High School where he graduated in 1981. He attended Southern Methodist University in the Dallas area where he graduated in 1985 with his degree in Business Administration.

Gary's first role was as "Engleberg" in the 1976 Original "Bad News Bears". Other film credits include "Drive In", Columbia Pictures, 1977, and the made for TV movie "Crises at Central High" 1979.

He currently lives in Burbank, California. with his wife Kimberly and their four children, Matthew, Emily, Blake and Gary, Jr.